With its flame-grilled peri-peri chicken, Portuguese-inspired sides, and chilled-out dining vibe, Nando’s Werribee brings a taste of sunny southern Europe to Melbourne’s western suburbs. The popular chain’s location in Werribee’s busy Pacific Werribee shopping centre gives locals a chance to sample Portuguese-inspired flavors in a fast-casual setting.
Below we cover everything you need to know to join the Nando’s crew and experience this hub of peri-peri perfection. From navigating the menu to understanding Nando’s Portuguese influences, read on before your first visit to the Werribee Nando’s. No passport required for a quick getaway to Portuguese flavors!
The Heart of Nando’s: Peri-Peri Chicken
While Nando’s serves up burgers, pita wraps, salads and more, their legendary peri-peri chicken remains the star attraction. The Portuguese-Mozambican inspired chicken gets its flavor from a spice blend containing the African bird’s eye chili, or peri-peri pepper.
Nando’s marinates their fresh chicken overnight in peri-peri sauce for maximum flavor infusion. Chicken spends just 7 minutes sizzling over an open flame grill, yielding tender, succulent meat bursting with spice and tang. Choose your preferred spice level from Plain…Hot up to the extra fiery Extra Hot.
Besides wings, thighs, breasts and tenderloins done peri-peri style, Nando’s also offers flavorful burgers, pita wraps and salads topping their grilled chicken.
Irresistible Portuguese-Inspired Sides
What completes a Nando’s chicken feast? Tantalizing Portuguese-influenced sides, of course! Beyond fries and salad, savor options like:
- Peri Chips/Peri Wedges – Potatoes seasoned with zesty peri-peri salt.
- Prego Roll – Portuguese steak sandwich with chili mayo.
- Coleslaw – Cool cabbage slaw with a vinegar tang.
- Corn on the Cob – Grilled corn spiked with lime and chili.
- Rice –Steamed spiced rice with peppers and onions.
These sides offer flavors you won’t find with typical fast food fixings.
Refreshing Portuguese Beverages
Wash down the spice with refreshing drinks inspired by sunny Portugal. Quench your thirst with:
- Sagres Beer – Smooth premium Portuguese lager.
- Wines – Refreshing Vinho Verde white blend or rich Touriga Nacional red.
- Sangria– Fruity red wine punch with fresh orange and lime.
- Agua de Gaze– Lightly sparkling passionfruit soda.
- Ginger Beer – Fiery, fresh ginger beverage.
The drink menu adds to the authentic Portuguese experience offered by Nando’s Werribee.
Nando’s Family-Friendly Vibe
Nando’s provides a laidback setting welcoming to the whole family. With its casual ordering counter, upbeat music, and menu catering to adults and kids alike, it’s an accommodating spot for a quick weeknight dinner or weekend eat-in or takeaway meal.
Parents will appreciate Menu items catered for little ones like chicken strips meals and kid-size cheeseburgers. And the low-key setting means kids can chill out during meals – no need to constantly shush normal kid noises like you would at a more upscale restaurant!
Insider Menu Hacks
Take your Nando’s experience to the next level with these savvy ordering tips:
- Opt for a combo with sides to maximize value. The chicken, chip/salad, and drink combo fills up two.
- Half/half your meal to sample different spice levels or preparations.
- Add pineapple to your burger for a tangy twist.
- Load up on sauce to amp up flavor – sauces like peri-peri drizzle and garlic peri-peri aioli are free.
- Catering is available for large groups with bulk chicken orders discounted up to 30%.
- Sign up for Nando’s card to earn rewards towards free food.
- Stop by for breakfast opening at 8am to enjoy Nando’s toasties and coffee.
A Portuguese Escape – No Flight Required!
With its flame-grilled chicken, Portuguese-inspired flavors, chilled setting and reasonable prices, Nando’s Werribee provides a satisfying mini-escape to sunny southern Europe without leaving Melbourne’s western suburbs. Kids happily munch chicken while adults sip wines and soak up the casual atmosphere.
So next time you’re craving a tropical getaway, head to Nando’s Werribee to sample peri-peri perfection as you daydream of sandy Portuguese beaches and relaxed outdoor cafes. An affordable taste of the Mediterranean awaits!